Fan The Spark 2017-07-11T11:43:06+00:00

Bhadram te! Welcome

Encourage, contains the Latin word, cor, “the heart.” One’s happiness and progress in life depends on what’s in one’s heart. “Expand the empire of consciousness, Krsna consciousness . . . Do it enthusiastically with the courage of an Englishman and the heart of a Bengali mother.” – Srila Prabhupada 9/10/77

Here at Fan The Spark you will find encouragement and support for expanding your book distribution, sadhana, and understanding of sastra. Fan the Spark is the official website of Vaisesika Dasa.

Vaisesika Dasa was born in 1956. As a teen, he was an avid spiritual seeker. Soon after receiving a “Back to Godhead” magazine from a friend in the spring of 1973, he moved into the ISKCON temple in San Francisco at the age of sixteen, and with the blessings of his parents, became a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a full-time monk dedicated to the practice of Krishna bhakti.

Today he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Nirakula Devi Dasi, also a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Together they have developed an ISKCON spiritual community of three hundred families in Silicon Valley, which is based on the study and distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

He is an initiating guru and spiritual master in ISKCON. He travels widely to teach the tenets of devotional service and the great art of distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Our Family Business!

In his book “Our Family Business: The Great Art of Distributing Srila Prabhupada’s Books” veteran distributor Vaisesika Das shares the history, key principles and techniques of book distribution, drawing from a lifetime of experience.

Vaisesika, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is known for strategizing innovative ways to distribute his spiritual master’s books on spiritual knowledge, and for teaching these methods to devotees around the world.

Strategies For Success

The ISKCON spiritual community of three hundred families he developed in Silicon Valley, California is based on the study and distribution of Prabhupada’s books, and consistently ranks high amongst the list of small temples in these efforts.

A year and a half ago, after both senior ISKCON leaders from around the world, and trustees of the publishing company Bhaktivedanta Book Trust had requested him to share his knowledge and insight, Vaisesika sat down to write.

“It was great to consolidate all the things that I had learned throughout the years from mentors, and to dig deep and think about my own realizations, and how this service had actually molded my life,” he says.

Our Family Business is divided into four sections. The first, Chronicles, gives a basic history of book distribution in the Gaudiya Sampradaya, in Srila Prabhupada’s life, and in ISKCON up to his passing in 1977, describing how it got off the ground in the U.S. and spread all over the world.

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